Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong."
Dark apricot orange with bright Sunkist borders and a two finger cap of buttered toast colored foam. The head develops some interesting surface topography as it melts, and leaves enough lace for the appearance to qualify as good overall.
The nose clearly belongs to a doppelbock. It's steely caramel-like and nutty, with plenty of power. This might be the best brew yet from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer.
Granitbock isn't as solid as a block of granite, but it's enjoyable beer if you like the style. It (slightly) favors the darker end of the doppelbock spectrum, while retaining quite of a bit of the toasted and earthy qualities of the lighter end. Good mix for those who can't decide where their preferences lie.
Flavors include steely caramel, lightly sugared pecans, black tea leaves, and an earthy-herbal hoppiness that provides an ideal amount of countering bitterness. The search for negatives has come up empty. This semi-big lager is growing on me with each passing ounce, so the higher taste score will be chosen in the end.
The body/mouthfeel could be a mite bigger, although that probably borders on nitpicking. Lightly stinging bubbles add a welcome amount of mouth energy without stepping over the line into buzzy and annoying.
Granitbock, in my humble opinion, is the single best beer these guys brew. Granted, I've only had three offerings from them so far. If you're a big fan of Deutsch Doppels, then $4.99 isn't too much to spend on 500 ml of medium-dark, mostly malty, bittersweet enjoyment.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2011 12:01:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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United Kingdom (Wales)
3.21/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3
Light tan head that fades away fast. Color is a murky caramel hued brown.
Flavors of dark fruits, molasses, raisins, caramel, and chocolate. A lot of malts. Some grassy hops. Bready. A bit of toffee.
Mouthfeel: Fairly dry. A decent amount of carbonation. Medium to full bodied.
Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. It has a bit of a roasted flavor in the finish and it ended kind of dry. Good flavors, just bad mouthfeel/finish.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 00:57:12 | More by mothman
Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.